Moose injures Steamboat pet

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— A moose doesn't discern between a Labradoodle and a wolf. And because wolves are the sworn enemies of moose, the large ungulates tend to show aggressive behavior toward domestic dogs.

A Steamboat Springs pet learned that lesson the hard way last weekend, narrowly surviving a confrontation with a moose.

Danielle Domson, district wildlife manager with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said a Steamboat woman was walking her golden retriever in an area east of the back nine of the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course when the dog was attacked.

"The owner was certain her dog would die based on the way the moose stomped on it, but she took it to the vet, and it turned out it had a lot of bruises," Domson said.

The confrontation took place near the Mount Werner Water and Sanitation water filtration plant. It was one of at least two recent moose sightings in the city. Another report came from the area along the Yampa River behind the Route 66 gas station on the city's west side, Domson said.

She was uncertain whether new calves accompanied either adult moose. Moose breed in September and October and typically give birth in May and June.

"The only natural predator of moose is wolves," Domson said. "They can be very aggressive against dogs."

People who encounter moose should be wary of signs the animal is about to become aggressive - typically they lay their ears back, the hairs on their humps raise and they begin licking their snout. If the animal shows those signs, slowly back away at first, Domson said. However, if the moose advances, it's time to run away and attempt to put a large object such as a car between oneself and the animal.

Moose were first reintroduced into Colorado's North Park (east of the Park Range from Steamboat) in 1978. They have been known to migrate through Steamboat but haven't lingered close to the city.

- To reach Tom Ross, call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

JQPUBLIC 7 years, 3 months ago

My first thought... was this dog off leash and allowed to provoke the moose?

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steamvent 7 years, 3 months ago

While city animal control does what they can, especially this time of year when all the transient dog owners are about to abandon their precious pets as they drive out of town, it is owners who have to do their part. If this dog was on a leash, we'd be talking about the owner having been stomped by the Moose too. Pretty obvious that the dog was running free. Some people have no regard for wildlife, like the owners of two black Scotties who live on Hillside Drive and allow their dogs to terrorize the wildlife that lives in the open space between them and Blackberry Lane. Even though the DOW has been to their door, they still don't get it.

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Magpie 7 years, 3 months ago

Do you mean Standard Poodles, not scotties? Because it is two black standard poodles that I have seen running amok and scaring wildlife and children.

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Hadleyburg_Press 7 years, 3 months ago

"Do you mean Standard Poodles, not scotties?"

Who cares, how about Mountain Lion treats...

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cheesehead 7 years, 3 months ago

It sounds like these are some pretty famous poodles, they made it in the paper today!(see The Record)

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steamvent 7 years, 3 months ago

Well, maybe there are two Poodles in addition to the two Scotties that are regularly turned loose to terrorize wildlife from a home on Hillside Drive ... they have been seen and reported chasing deer and fox numerous times.

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agentofchange 7 years, 3 months ago

It's legal to shot a critter that is in the act of chasing wildlife. Don't expect DOW to do anything. We had a Bear come in a window, smashing the screen, (summertime 80 degrees) and we were to blame, according to the DOW. Take aim...

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agentofchange 7 years, 3 months ago

sorry, I meant shoot, not shot. Why did DOW get rid of the other Bear Season? Moose is very tasty, by the way.

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